Plant Labels from Old Milk Jugs[sc name=”Affiliate Disclosure for Posts”]
This year we started our seeds in soil blocks are per usual. We also labeled our bocks using our old trusty duck tape method. However, when we had to pot up our seedlings into bigger, temporary pots until the last frost date passes, some of the blocks got mixed up. Opps. I briefly thought about making quick labels out of popsicle sticks, but then I remembered I had a fancy new Fiskars thick material punch that would be perfect for the task at hand. I raided the recycle bin for a milk jug and got to work.
- empty milk or water jug
- Fiskars 2 Inch Thick Punch, Arrow
- Fiskars Heavy-duty Easy Change Detail Knife
- Fiskars 24X36 Inch Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- Fiskars Pink Triangle Designer Bent Scissors 8″
Use the craft knife to cut off the top of the jug. Cut down the side of the jug to open it up.
Use scissors to cut out a smaller section of plastic.
Trim off the curved edges of the plastic. You’ll need a flat piece in order to fit it in the punch.
Insert one end into the punch and press down. If you’ve never used one of Fiskar’s thick punches, you are in for a treat. It cuts through the plastic like butter.
There you have it-a perfect sized arrow to use as a label! Punch out a bunch more.
Use a sharpie to write the name of the plant onto the labels.
Pop the plant labels into the pots. The arrows are perfect for sticking into the soil.
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If you need to make plant labels for larger plants or for in the garden, check out our Mason Jar Lid Plant Label project. It’s a great way reuse old canning lids.